Tigers coach calls for reduction in teams

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CASTLEFORD Tigers coach Terry Matterson (pictured) has called for a reduction in the number of teams in Super League.

Speaking after Friday’s 56-0 hammering at Leeds Rhinos when the Tigers were without 12 players, Matterson said: “The guys have got to regroup, it’s been a long year for us and I haven’t seen an injury count like it.

“Our squad is not big enough to start with but it’s as big as it has ever been.

“That’s the problem with Super League and it’s probably why we can’t compete with Australia. There are too many of those games.

“There are some wonderful matches in this country but there is such a gulf between the top and the bottom. That hasn’t changed in all the time I’ve played and coached here.”

Matterson, who is leaving Castleford at the end of the season after six years at the helm, added: “You can start the season well but once we hit Easter, for teams like us, it’s a real battle.

“Now we’ve got to try to get the players up and into the eight and then try to make a difference in the play-offs as well, which is going to be tough, especially with five front rowers out.”